Archive for October, 2011


New Social Security COLA Not As Great As It Sounds

October 26, 2011

At first, many recipients of social security benefits were overjoyed when they learned that the Social Security Administration (SSA) had announced a 3.6 percent increase in payouts beginning next year as part of a cost of living adjustment (COLA). With an increase in Medicare costs though, and a bleak future for the social security program as a whole, many people are questioning if the increases will do any good.

According to FOX 19 News, the 3.6 percent increase means an estimated $30 billion additional dollars will be paid out to the millions of retirees and beneficiaries in the country. This sounds like a big number, but only equivocates out to about an extra $39 per month for someone receiving social security checks, and only an additional $18 per month for those with Supplemental Security Income. While this seems great on the surface, the majority of this newly allotted money will be eaten up by the government’s increase to Medicare Premiums. This is not the only problem that has Americans casting shadows of doubt on the system.

It has been estimated that the program may not have the budget to survive to the next generation of retirees without benefit cuts or tax increases. Also, higher unemployment rates in the country means that less people are paying into the system. In other words, the program is spending more money than it can bring in, and will eventually dry up.

The Indiana Social Security Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark. Tanoos & Newlin want you to tell us your opinion on the Social Security payment increase by posting to our Facebook page.

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Roachdale Doctor Arrested On Charges Of Writing Excessive Prescriptions

October 19, 2011

A doctor from Roachdale, Indiana, was arrested and charged Tuesday with excessively writing prescriptions for narcotic drugs and having sexual relationships his patients. According to The Tribune Star, the doctor is facing 12 felony counts of recklessly distributing or dispensing a controlled substance, and three felony counts of writing prescriptions “To facilitate sexual encounters.”

The charges against the Putman County physician came after an 18-month investigation by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Indiana state police, the Putnam County sheriff’s department and district attorney’s office. The investigation began after several other regional doctors and pharmacies noticed an excessive amount of patients traveling great distances to receive large prescriptions–some patients were traveling more than 100 miles per visit.

Interviews with nine female patients uncovered that the doctor had written prescriptions for large amounts of drugs for the women, one of which stated she felt like a “walking zombie.” Some of the drugs prescribed included Methadone, Adipex, Xanax, Clonazepam, Vicodin, and Percocet. The women testified that the doctor made passes at them, and several victims admitted to being forced into having sexual relations.

The Indiana Drug Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin want to know what you think the punishment should be  for a doctor overprescribing medication. Tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

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Are Indiana Drivers Really Safer With Texting Ban?

October 11, 2011

Since a texting ban on Indiana drivers took effect earlier this year, it would seem, that with only two tickets being issued for infractions of the law in Vigo County in more than three months, Indiana drivers are safer because of the law. Some Police department officials and citizens are saying the law is too difficult to enforce, and that that is the cause for low ticket numbers.

According to the Tribune-Star, the county’s two tickets were issued July 9 and September 12, The first at 1:00 AM on Third and Washington Street and the second at 8:00 AM on Third and Walnut Street. Both violations were classified as Class-C Infractions that carried a $120 fine for a first time offender. While the law has obviously raised public awareness of the dangers that texting while driving poses, many feel the law would be more effective if there was a better way to enforce it.

As of now, Police cannot look at a potential violators phone to see if messages were being sent, and texting cannot be the reason an officer pulls the vehicle over. Therefore, all a driver would allegedly have to do is exit message mode or turn off their phone before being pulled over to avoid a ticket.

The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like your opinion. Has the law been effective in reducing drivers participating in the act, or are drivers just hiding it better? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

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IU Student Dies in Apartment Fire

October 5, 2011

Indiana University students are still mourning the loss of a 19-year-old student that died over the weekend in an apartment fire. According to Channel 10 News, the girl died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.

The fire broke out just after 3:30 in the morning on Saturday in building D of Terra Trace Apartments. Firefighters discovered the student’s body laying by a porch door. Attempts to resuscitate her failed, and she was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators don’t know what caused the fire, but its origin was in apartment D9–right next door to the victim. In the end, several others were injured and twelve homes were destroyed.

The Indiana Wrongful Death Attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin care about the victims and families involved in wrongful death cases. If you have questions about a family member’s wrongful death, contact Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin for a free, initial consultation.

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